: to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound
: to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis
- getting bitten by mosquitoes
: to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon
: to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to
- the sleet biting our faces
: to take hold of
- help the pliers bite the part
: to take in : cheat
: to bite or have the habit of biting something
of a weapon or tool
: to cut, pierce, or take hold
- The anchor bites into the ocean floor.
: to cause irritation or smarting
- Her criticisms really bite.
: to take a bait
- The fish aren't biting today.
: to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick)
: to accept a suggestion or an offer
- offered them a deal but they wouldn't bite
: to take or maintain a firm hold
- The anchor didn't bite well.
: to produce a negative effect
- the recession began to bite
chiefly US slang
, sometimes vulgar
: to be objectionable or extremely bad in quality : stink, suck
: to imitate or copy (someone or something) especially without permission
- There are lots of rappers biting his style—but there's only one James Brown!
bite off more than one can chew
: to undertake more than one can handle
bite one's tongue
: to hold back (as from a reluctance to offend) a remark one would like to make
bite the bullet
: to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action
bite the dust
: to fall dead especially in battle
: to suffer humiliation or defeat
: to come to an end
bite the hand that feeds one
: to injure a benefactor maliciously